Thursday evening in Dubai, the 3rd Dubai International Peace Convention began,under the leadership of the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HisHighness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
According to WAM, the Emirates News Agency, “the three-day convention aims to share ideas and solutions that help tocultivate a peaceful world, in which the concepts of equality and moderation urged by theIslamic religion are respected.”
That line speaks to a Pax Islamica: a world living under Islam. According to Islamic textsand teachings, there can only be peace under the rule of Islamic law.
This Dubai International Peace Convention looks as if it is the next phase of the DohaCompact, which in 2008 set the terms for “U.S.-Muslim Engagement” – that is, it wasthe charter for dhimmitude in the United States and beyond. This project began inearnest with two principal documents. One was the George Soros-funded Report of theLeadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement: Changing Course: A New Directionfor U.S. Relations with the Muslim World, from September 2008. The other was closelyrelated to the U.S.-Muslim Engagement initiative: The Doha Compact: New Directions:America and the Muslim World, from the Saban Center of the Brookings Institution’sProject on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. The Doha Compact appeared inOctober 2008.
U.S. President Barack Obama is unshakably committed to the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project, a multifacetedinitiative designed, in its own words, to “create a coherent, broad-based and bipartisanstrategy and set of recommendations to improve relations between the U.S. and theMuslim world; and communicate and advocate this strategy in ways that shift U.S. publicopinion and contribute to changes in U.S. policies, and public and private action.”
No outreach or integration of societies similar to that suggested in Changing Courseand The Doha Compact is ever suggested in any official policy document for anyother culture, or religion. Both of these documents, meanwhile, are generally silentabout, if not downright hostile toward, the American commitment to Israel – except fortheir insistence upon the two-state solution, which in reality amounts to a call for thedestruction of Israel, since a Palestinian state would be nothing more than a base forfurther jihad attacks against Israel.
A hijab-wearing Muslim who was an adviser to Obama for Muslim affairs, DaliaMogahed, was listed as a member of the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project’s “LeadershipGroup” and was a signatory to The Doha Compact. Also part of the Leadership Groupwas Ingrid Mattson of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), an organizationthat is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. And the Brotherhood is, in its own wordsaccording to a captured internal document, dedicated in America to “a kind of grandJihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminatedand Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
So committed has been Obama to this strategy and course of action that these twodocuments look as if they have served as virtual templates for his action plan, rhetoric, and strategy. His statements have hewed so closely to the recommendations in thesedocuments that it sometimes has seemed as if Obama’s speechwriters were lifting copystraight from them.
Changing Course, for example, called on the incoming president to “elevate diplomacyas the primary tool for resolving key conflicts involving Muslim countries, engaging bothallies and adversaries in dialogue” and to “engage with Iran to explore the potential foragreements that could increase regional security, while seeking Iran’s full compliancewith its nuclear nonproliferation commitments.” Obama has obviously worked at doingboth. It further recommended that the new president “work intensively for immediatede-escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a viable path to a two-state solution,while ensuring the security of Israelis and Palestinians.”
This also was identical to Obama’s playbook, as were calls to “promote broad-basedpolitical reconciliation in Iraq, and clarify the long-term U.S. role;” “renew internationalcommitment and cooperation to halt extremists’ resurgence in Afghanistan and Pakistan;”and “provide top-level U.S. leadership to resolve regional conflicts and to improvecoordination with international partners.”
Changing Course anticipated Obama’s language directly in calling upon the U.S. leaderto “improve mutual respect and understanding between Americans and Muslims aroundthe world.” The Doha Compact likewise stated: “Repairing the rift between the UnitedStates and the Muslim world must begin with respect. Lack of mutual respect has beenan important driver behind the deterioration of relations between the United States andthe Muslim world since 9/11.” Obama has on numerous occasions spoken of restoringwith the Changing Course recommendation that the new President “speak to the criticalimportance of improving relations with the global Muslim community in his 2009inaugural address.”
Changing Course also recommended efforts to “deepen mutual understanding andchallenge stereotypes.” Obama duly said in his June 2009 Cairo speech that heconsidered it part of his “responsibility as president of the United States to fight againstnegative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”
The U.S.-Muslim Engagement document called upon the incoming President to reaffirmwith the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. It recommended that “within the first threemonths of the Administration,” the new President should “initiate a major and sustaineddiplomatic effort to resolve regional conflicts and promote security cooperation in theMiddle East, giving top priority to engagement with Iran and permanent resolution of theIsraeli-Palestinian conflict.” And Obama has duly reached his outstretched hand to Iran and put pressure on the Israelis to make further concessions to the Palestinians.
There was even more. Changing Course “supports engagement with groups that haveclearly demonstrated a commitment to nonviolent participation in politics.” So alsoThe Doha Compact: “the United States should be more willing to reach out to Islamistparties that genuinely demonstrate their readiness to embrace the democratic rules of thegame and reject violence.” This referred primarily to the Muslim Brotherhood, whichObama notoriously supported in Egypt, even going so far as to cut aid to Egypt after theBrotherhood regime was toppled. The call to support non-violent pro-Sharia parties mayalso have fueled Obama’s fantasies of the “moderate Taliban.”
Changing Course warns against supplying “ammunition to extremists by linking theterm ‘Islam’ or key tenets of the religion of Islam with the actions of extremist or terroristgroups.” The Doha Compact agrees: “Ill-considered terms like ‘Islamofascism,’ ‘Islamicterrorism,’ and ‘Islamic jihadist’ tend to alienate potential friends, while implicitlyendorsing the worldview of extremists like bin Laden by suggesting they are trueMuslims.”
The fact that it is Islamic jihadists, not anti-terror analysts, who have energeticallyequated the texts and teachings of Islam with violence and terrorism was, as usual,glossed over – and Obama was happy to abet this disconnect from reality. In his NobelPeace Prize acceptance speech, he spoke of “the way that religion is used to justify themurder of innocents by those who have distorted and defiled the great religion of Islam,and who attacked my country from Afghanistan.” Engaging in another historical flight offancy, Obama added: “These extremists are not the first to kill in the name of God; thecruelties of the Crusades are amply recorded.”
That Islamic jihad aggression preceded the Crusades by 450 years seems to have escapedhim.
The Doha Compact directed that the President who took office in January 2009 shouldsymbol of American excesses and extralegal maneuvers in the war on terror” and “shouldban the use of torture in the interrogation of terrorist suspects.” Obama set out to do thosethings from the beginning of his presidency, although he failed to close Gitmo even ashe has emptied it of most of its prisoners. “The next American president,” The DohaCompact also declared, “should travel to the region early in his or her term, meeting notonly with leaders, but also visiting mosques.”
Obama did that, too.
He didn’t seem concerned with the Muslim Brotherhood ties of both initiatives, or withhow their dictates weakened the United States. He didn’t even seem concerned about thefact that the more he accommodated the Islamic world, the angrier and more demandingIslamic states seemed to become.
No wonder jihad terror activity spiked within the United States itself.
The Dubai International Peace Convention is more of the same – and it’s a strategy that isworking quite well for the global caliphate movement. Has Obama sent a U.S. delegationyet?
Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI),publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: TheObama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: APractical Guide to the Resistance. Follow her on Twitter here.